Family vacations are supposed to be fun, but dragging along an unwilling teen can dampen anyone's mood. Keeping the atmosphere light and cheery might be a struggle during the best of times, but if your teenager is bored or feeling out of place, he won't have much fun. The key to family vacations with teenagers is a mix of together and alone time, along with activities that allow for individuality, creativity and variety.
No matter where you vacation, selecting an accommodation is an important matter, perhaps more so when traveling with a teenager. Choose an accommodation with enough space so that you can relax together or have some time alone. All-inclusive resort options for families with teens can be found in a variety of locations, from beaches and islands, to theme parks and mountains. Booking at such a resort will minimize your planning stress because the resort takes care of things such as meals, entertainment and activities. Many include common areas with arcades, table games and other amusements for teens.
Cruises hold much of the same appeal as all-inclusive resorts, plus a variety of scenery at varying ports. Many cruises offer teen-friendly activities, such as social events that encourage mingling with their peers in a supervised setting, according to a New York Times article citing several travel experts. In port, families can spend quality time together exploring, and on the boat, they can go their separate ways, knowing everyone is safe and looked after.
Taking your teen on an active vacation in the mountains, where you all are engaged in some sort of physical activity, such as skiing or climbing, can vanquish "teen vacation attitude" when your teen is excited about learning new skills and proud of his accomplishments, according to Travel.com. There are even resorts in many of these places, which the site lists for families in need.
Most teenagers will yawn and stretch if you mention history, but touring Williamsburg, Boston, Washington D.C. or other cities imbued with history is a different story, according to Southern Living. As long as you involve lots of walking and vary the activities so that your teen needn't spend all day at a site of little interest, his attention will perk up. Consider your teen's suggestions too in planning your itinerary. If he'd rather see the science museum than the legislative offices, take him to the science museum, while allowing time for you and the rest of the family to enjoy sites of interest. Either way, you'll all have a good time, and at night, you can take in modern city life with dinner, events and more.
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